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Box truck driver who hit Parkway bridge cited for every sign they ignored

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New York State Police (NYSP) issued more than two dozen citations following a box truck bridge strike on Wednesday.

The incident took place shortly after 1 p.m. on March 27 on the Onondaga Lake Parkway near Syracuse, New York.

A box truck struck a bridge along the Onondaga Lake Parkway and became stuck.

NYSP said no one was hurt, and the box truck was removed after about an hour.

According to Syracuse.com, the driver of the box truck was cited twenty-five times for failing to observe traffic signs indicating a low bridge, one citation for each sign that the driver allegedly passed and ignored.

There are so many bridge strikes on the Onondaga Lake Parkway that the New York State Department of Transportation announced plans last June for several safety enhancements designed to curb the number of trucks that hit the 10’9″ CSX-owned railway bridge.

Plans include:

  • The parkway will be reduced to one lane in each direction to calm traffic and give over-height vehicles additional time to heed the warning signs and avoid the bridge. The lane reductions will remain in place until further notice as NYSDOT assess their effectiveness and their impact on traffic conditions.
  • New ground-mounted and overhead signs with graphical “No Trucks” messaging that will be easier for drivers to understand.
  • Additional pavement markings warning of the low-bridge hazard.
  • Upgrade of existing over-height vehicle detection system with additional sensors to improve accuracy.
  • Incorporation of LED blank out signs with graphical “No Trucks” message that would activate when an over-height vehicle is detected.
  • Installation of a traditional, three-phase traffic signal near the bridge that would turn red when an over-height vehicle is detected.
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